Hierophant as Shaman…

My strongest aversion to any Tarot card has always come pouring out in response to The Hierophant. See, I never connected to any of the various religious leaders I met while growing up, and I had zero interest in someone like that telling me what I should be doing with my life. Years later, I … More Hierophant as Shaman…

Tarot: The Shamanic Three Worlds Spread

The shamanic mindset recognizes three worlds: the Lower, the Middle, and the Upper. This spread gives you some insight as to what messages you most need to receive from each one at this time. 1. Lower World – This World contains the forces of Nature: Animal Spirits, Plant Spirits, the Spirits of things like Winds, … More Tarot: The Shamanic Three Worlds Spread

Sojourn in the Rainforest…

A quick post here to let the internet know that tomorrow, I embark on a journey into the Peruvian jungle.  This trip certainly looks like it intends to put the “rain” in “rainforest,” as the accompanying weather forecast shows… Having once spent at least a month or two in the Scouts as a child, though, I am vigorously prepared, … More Sojourn in the Rainforest…

Tarot Cards I might not invite home to dinner (Part 1)…

I read Tarot often.  By “often,” I mean probably just short of every day.  There are occasional days when I do fail to bust out a deck, sure.  Things happen, we get busy — you probably understand where I’m coming from.  But for the most part…yeah, I read the cards often. And this guy has … More Tarot Cards I might not invite home to dinner (Part 1)…

Panther Wishes and Casino Dreams…

As promised in yesterday’s post, I wanted to memorialize the most recent Panther-related dream that I was fortunate enough to be treated to — this one went down maybe a bit over a week ago now.  I’ve written up a few of these already, including one that featured a winged Black Panther, and I’m still deeply gratified … More Panther Wishes and Casino Dreams…

Leopardskin Jasper

I’m a bit of a sucker for crystals and such.  They don’t appear in my every conversation or anything, but I quietly carry one or two along in my pockets with me on most days, and I have probably more than a few scattered around the house.  Metaphysical types will credit different types of stones … More Leopardskin Jasper

“We now return you to your regularly scheduled program…”

Ever since I moved to the Silver Lake area in Los Angeles late last summer, I’ve enjoyed watching the various representatives of the local wildlife go on about their respective bits of business.  I greatly miss the large Raven population in my former West Hollywood ‘hood, but there have been some compensating positive additions here … More “We now return you to your regularly scheduled program…”

Into the desert…

A quick one today, as I head out the door to get all vision-quest-y out in the desert.  This is where I’ll be: Joshua Tree National Park!! Wishing you all a terrific few days while I’m there, and who knows, I may even fire off a post from the laptop…stranger things have happened (and hopefully … More Into the desert…

Animal Magnetism

Certain animals attract us.  And the ones that appeal to me and the ones that appeal to you might differ entirely…and the next person might come along with yet another wholly different set of favorite beasts…  This is all pretty obvious stuff, of course…but as the holidays and other assorted wellsprings of busy-ness conspire to … More Animal Magnetism

Clan of the Hawk…?

As I write this, my uncle — my mom’s older brother — and his bride are out here on the west coast, trekking down the length of this great state of California as they pursue a string of family-related activities.  They started way up north in Chico, and as they made the long automotive pilgrimage … More Clan of the Hawk…?